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Tuesday, 1 April 2014
Parc Slip Nature Reserve, Fountain Road, Gondwanaland; A guest blog from Rudi Bright
Hi, my name
is Rudi (Blog), I am 10 years old and I am a member of the ‘Friends of Parc Slip’
conservation group. Once a month we help out doing some work around the
reserve. On Saturday 22nd March we were sowing wildflower seed mix on the bare earth bunds
at the new scrapes. It was very muddy and I nearly lost my new wellies a couple
Rudi stuck in the mud!
One of the
times I got stuck in the mud I looked down and saw a stone with funny markings
on it, I knew it was a fossil but wasn't sure what type so I took it home to
out to be a Lepidodendron, a part of the stem of a lycopod which is a giant
clubmoss that grew to over 30m high (that’s even higher than the new elevatedhide!). The diamond shaped marks on the fossil are leaf scars. As one of
the tallest trees it would have formed the tree canopy.
was this doing at Parc Slip?
plant was around a long long time ago during a period of time known as the
Upper Carboniferous age. These plants and others like them are responsible for
the great accumulations of coal that Wales is well known for. But way back then
the land at Parc Slip was not in Wales as we know it but was part of a giant
landmass known as Gondwanaland which was covered with forests and swamps.
Rudi with the fossil
As the life
in these forests and swamps died the sea washed sediment over it and the
material was compressed to form peat. This happened over and over again and
built up different layers of sediment which are known as cyclothems. As the
weight of the material above built up the pressure eventually turned the peat
time you are wondering around Parc Slip just remember, the signs of nature are
really all around you, even buried deep in the ground.